CLASSES - Permaculture Design Certification Courses

Food Forests For All 2014

December 6th, 7th and 13th


Mike Wolfert Teaching

Mike Wolfert teaching the eager FFFA students at Hill Country Natives

Hill Country Native's Kitchen Garden

The lovely kitchen garden at Hill Country Natives

Planted Berm

The FFFA Result:
A student-designed & planted berm

Austin Permaculture Guild

September 20th - November 22nd
Onsite workshops available to the public

Class meets 9:00am – 5:45pm each day at the Whole Life Learning Center; arrive anytime after 8:30 to get settled in. (NOTE: If you can’t make all 10 Saturdays, don’t worry — you can make up the missed days at any of our future “10 Saturdays” courses for no extra charge.)

This course includes classroom instruction from Caroline Riley and Kirby Fry, hands-on projects (including your site design project), presentations by guest instructors, and field trips. For more details about the content, scroll down this page. We look forward to having you in our class!

Sept. 20- Day 1: Introduction to Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Sector Analysis, Zones of Use
Sept. 27- Day 2:
Climate, Patterns in Nature, & Natural Regions of Texas
Oct. 4- Day 3:
Soil, Earthworks, Trees and their energy transactions
Oct. 11- Day 4: Water-ponds, aquaculture & dams and Design Methods
Oct. 18- Day 5: Gardens & Zone 1 Design
Oct. 25- Day 6: Trees & Perennial Food Forest Design, Zones 2 & 3
Nov. 1- Day 7: The Built Environment & Energy and Grey & Black Water
Nov. 8- Day 8: Wild Spaces, Animal Systems, Design Workshop-1
Nov. 15- Day 9: Urban Permaculture, Invisible Structures, Design Workshop-2
Nov. 22- Day 10: Design Presentations/Wrap-Up

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What students are saying


"I thank you, thank you, thank you for the magical experience participating in the Food Forest workshop this past weekend, where we lovingly fulfilled the dream of a Food Forest at the school. I've learned a lot about myself and what it means to be part of and vital connection with our Earth community. You and Michael are excellent educators/facilitators and have been managing this workshop very well; working well with group dynamics, fantastic specific and practical background information, and lots of fun and meaningful learnin'."

Food Forests For All participant

“Learning permaculture from Caroline was a life changing experience. I've gained a better understanding of how to live in harmony with the natural world. The class covered topics from gardening to rainwater harvesting to building with earth-friendly materials, and all with a perspective of working with instead of against nature to get the job done.”  

~Ann Jensen 
ACC PDC graduate